Book Binge

Here’s a list of recently delivered goodies from Amazon that I can’t wait to get into… I acknowledge the people who have pointed me to them, and whether I anticipate them to be a joy to read or virtuous hard work.

Edwin Hutchins Cognition in the wild 1995 (thanks Maish) – on naturally situated cognitive processes – virtue!
Steven Reiss Who am I? (2000) (thanks Awie) – on the basic motivational factors for why people do things (like share knowledge for example) – curiosity!
Charles Tilly Identities, boundaries and social ties (2005) (thanks Amazon and Maish for originally pointing me to Tilly’s book Why? ) – on foundations of how social networks and social infrastructure work – joy!
Frances Yates The art of memory (1966) (thanks Philipp Blom) – hope it will give me ideas on how memory and forgetting work in institutions – joy!
Beth Crandall, Gary Klein, Robert Hoffman Working minds (2006) (thanks Gary) – at last a practitioners guide to cognitive task analysis techniques – joy!
Edward Tufte, Beautiful evidence (2006) (thanks Maish) – on the representation of knowledge – joy!
Jean Mills, Making sense of organisational change (2003) (thanks Shawn) on complexity and change

Just finished:

Chris Anderson The long tail (2006) – (thanks Maish) – some useful stuff on taxonomies, believe it or not! – joy!
Charles Tilly Why? (2006) – (thanks Maish) – I’ve blogged about this – joy!
Philipp Blom To have and to hold (2004) – (thanks Amazon) – about collectors and collecting… where taxonomy started! – joy!
Douglas Wilson, Jefferson’s books (2001) (thanks David) – short but clear exposition of a pragmatic taxonomist – joy!
Daniel Pink A whole new mind (2006) (thanks Shawn) – right brain narrative and patterns gaining prominence in a world with lots of left brain analytico-logical baggage – joy!

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